▲The most classic IE6 that everyone must have used
In this year, IE has finally been completely eliminated. Microsoft has announced earlier that IE will officially stop supporting on June 15, 2022. This means that this product, which has gone through a full 27 years, has come to an end. Although IE’s product power is not worth mentioning in today’s view, it will still make people feel emotional when the golden signboard was taken off.
▲ IE has also tried modernization, such as the IE11 Modern version in Win8, but it has never been successfully transformed
In fact, Microsoft’s handling of its projects is indeed very decisive. In addition to IE, there are also a large number of products that were once impressive, which were shut down by Microsoft, so that some people ridiculed that Microsoft has a special “chopper department”. What are the classic products that were cut off by Microsoft? On the occasion of IE being officially shut down, let us take an inventory.
Speaking of the most lingering pain in the hearts of Microsoft fans, the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile operating system is definitely worthy of nomination. As Microsoft’s flagship product to attack the mobile market in the new era, WP was once favored by the industry. Its innovative tile interface, smooth operation and endorsement by the giant Microsoft made people think that it would be a strong competitor of iOS and Android. However, after a few years, WP/Windows 10M has become a walking dead with a market share of 1% forever, and Microsoft abandoned the maintenance of the system after releasing the last update for Windows 10M in 2020.
The reasons for the failure of WP/Windows 10M are obvious and multifaceted at the same time. For a long time, Microsoft has been wavering in the planning route of WP. Microsoft’s poor version and development planning have distorted the future of WP/Windows 10M time and time again, making developers cry out that they can’t understand it. For example, when WP8, a major version that replaced the NT kernel, was launched, Microsoft resolutely abandoned the old equipment, and a large number of WP7 could only be upgraded to WP7.8, which was replaced by a new one. When .1 was launched, the app changed its development requirements again, from XAP to APPX; when Windows 10M was released, Microsoft once again asked developers to develop UWP applications instead. These different versions all need to be adapted by developers, but who would have the patience to return the application to the furnace again and again? This makes WP/Windows 10M lack of third-party applications for a long time, and the barren ecology makes it impossible to compete with competitors on the same stage.
▲Many excellent products can only be upgraded to WP 7.8, and the ecology of WP has been cut off
The completion of the WP/Windows 10M system itself has not been high. It’s hard to imagine that WP, released in 2010, did not add a primary function such as screen rotation lock until 2013, but such a magical thing is indeed a reality. For a long time, WP has also lacked basic functions such as ringing when vibrating, setting default apps, independent adjustment of notification/media volume, closing apps in multitasking interface, and even system-level defects such as missed pushes. In the face of iOS and Android, which are evolving like tigers, WP has always been like a half-finished product, and every update has made users look forward to it and then deeply disappointed.
▲WP has not had a unified notification center for a long time, and it relies on tiles to present push information. The lack of this basic mechanism makes users very uncomfortable
Coupled with the controversial interface design of WP/Windows 10M, under the influence of various factors, the acceptance of WP\Windows 10M by users, developers and the market is getting lower and lower, and the initial enthusiasm has turned into coldness later. In 2017, Microsoft announced that Windows 10M has entered a maintenance period and no new features will be added. After pushing the last update for Windows 10M in 2020, this product that once shocked the mobile market has been completely silent.
It can be said that the failure of WP/Windows 10M is mainly attributable to Microsoft’s self-inflicted suffering. Whether it is positioning or size, WP/Windows 10M is a heavyweight, and it is really embarrassing that it has ended up like this.
This is a name that countless gamers are familiar with. Kinect is a somatosensory game device launched by Microsoft.Xbox360 game consoleAccessoriesAppearance. When the Kinect was unveiled, it surprised a large number of senior gamers. Many people never thought that the game could be played without a gamepad, keyboard and mouse, but with dancing. After installing the Kinect, dance to it, you can really recognize you are dancing; shoot at it, you can really shoot in the game, this kind of fun is difficult to match with traditional gamepadsbeautiful。
How does Kinect do all this? It is equipped with multiple cameras that can capture 3D images of the user and accurately identify the user’s movements. As a result, a large number of creative gameplay with Kinect was born on the Xbox platform, bringing fresh blood to the game industry.
However, the black technology of Kinect has finally gone silent. On the one hand, Kinect’s coverage rate is not high, which makes its market size relatively small, and developing games for it is not an option for most developers, which leads to Kinect’s lack of game resources; on the other hand, Kinect’s Playing requires a certain range of space, and many gamers do not have such a spacious living room.
▲Although Kinect is really fun to play, there are not many games in fact, and there is a rigid demand for the venue
In addition, Kinect always has a part of the hardware cost. In order to improve the coverage of Kinect, Microsoft made a strategy of binding Kinect sales for game consoles in the era of Xbox One, which greatly increased the price of Xbox One, resulting in Xbox One Lost to the Sony PS4 in the console wars. Although Microsoft later cancelled this bundling strategy, the tide has passed. Not only did the Xbox One fail to achieve the expected success, the sales of the Kinect were also unsatisfactory, and the Kinect became the object of hatred.
▲ Kinect bundled with Xbox One sales is definitely a failure
Against the backdrop of bad word of mouth and dim development prospects, Microsoft decided to discontinue Kinect in 2017, and this black-tech gaming hardware bid farewell to everyone.
Games for Windows Live（2007-2014）
Let’s talk about the game again. Now when people buy PC games, the first thing they might look for is Steam. However, in the first decade of the 21st century, Steam was not as firmly seated on the throne of the online game store as it is now. At that time, some giants, including Microsoft, also saw business opportunities in the field of game distribution, and Microsoft’s trick was Games for Windows.
▲Microsoft’s strategic product in the game field – GFWL
We know that Microsoft is one of the three giants of game consoles, and Windows is also the most suitable PC system for games, so Microsoft has a unique advantage in game distribution. Microsoft defined a series of specifications for Games for Windows in 2006, and many games are produced according to this specification; in 2007, Microsoft launched the Games for Windows Live platform, and the corresponding software will be installed on the PC along with the game installation. It must be launched through Games for Windows Live, and the game can share achievements through Games for Windows Live and Xbox, better support Xbox controllers, and even play against Xbox players.
▲With the help of GFWL, multi-person online, communication, etc. can be realized
However, Games for Windows Live suffered a bloody failure. The actual experience of Games for Windows Live is very poor, and just signing up (requires both a Games for Windows Live account and an Xbox Live account) can make people dizzy. Games developed based on Games for Windows Live may also have many limitations, such as requiring a connection to a Live server to be able to archive. Once the Live server crashes, the game doesn’t even play properly.
▲ GFWL has a very bad experience in installation, registration and actual use. It is one of the products that players hate the most.
Games for Windows Live caused a lot of annoyance to players and was not a successful operation, and Microsoft shut down the service on July 4, 2014.
Games for Windows Live influenced a large number of games in the Win7 era, and its influence continues to this day. Many genuine games still need to be logged in through Games for Windows Live before they can be played – but Games for Windows Live has been discontinued. , which affects the play and even sales of many games. Before “GTA4” was removed from Steam, it was because the game was developed based on Games for Windows Live, Games for Windows Live was discontinued, and GTA4 could no longer create a new genuine key to continue selling.
In Windows 10, Microsoft has long since abandoned Games for Windows Live, which has been replaced by services such as the Windows Store and Xbox Game Pass. Have you ever been tossing around with Games for Windows Live?
Microsoft is an important contributor to Internet technology, and its contribution to the network experience is naturally not limited to the crashing IE. In fact, Microsoft has also developed some other relatively basic network products, trying to improve the browsing experience of the Internet through new technologies, and Silverlight is one of the representatives.
Silverlight is a browser plug-in developed by Microsoft. Its positioning is similar to that of Flash, which has now been eliminated. It is an attempt to achieve interactive and multimedia experiences that HTML could not provide by loading additional components for web pages.
Similar to Flash, Silverlight is also powerful. After installing Silverlight in the browser, users can experience the content developed based on Silverlight in web pages. These include videos, cool web interactions, and even games developed with Silverlight! For web pages where the mainstream is only pictures and texts, Silverlight can indeed be called the magic of that era.
Microsoft also attaches great importance to Silverlight, and even drew an exclusive animation image “Blue Light” for Silverlight, which is also a beautiful talk of otaku.
▲ Microsoft launched a two-dimensional image “Blue Light” for Silverlight, which often used to hold cosplay and other activities
▲ Microsoft officially launched Galgame, a web page with blue light as the heroine, the technology used is Silverlight
However, just as Flash has finally come to an end, with the development of HTML technology, this type of plug-in plug-in on the web page has also ushered in elimination. Efficiency, complexity, and security are the indelible flaws of this type of technology. With more advanced HTML5, there is naturally no place for Flash and Silverlight. On October 12, 2021, Microsoft stopped supporting Silverlight, and the silver light that once left a brilliant light on the Internet has withdrawn from the stage of history.
When it comes to the Walkman, people often think of the Sony Walkman, or theappleiPod. However, throughout the development history of the Walkman, Microsoft has actually left a strong mark in it, that is, the Walkman product that Microsoft has launched – Zune.
The Zune is an amazing product, and the system it carries is particularly eye-catching. The impressive tiles in many of Microsoft’s products are actually a trend led by Zune. Zune first introduced the Metro-style design language, and then this design scheme has affected many Microsoft products, such as WP, Win8 and even Windows 10.
Not to mention the experience of the Metro interface on other products, at least on the Zune, it is well-known. The tiles perfectly present the music album cover and artist pictures, and the method of distinguishing different levels of titles by font size allows the text interaction to take into account readability, hierarchy and high-level sense. Perhaps it is because of the great success of the Zune interface that Microsoft is determined to use this set of designs in other products, and eventually it is not satisfied. After all, a music player like Zune does not need to present too complicated information.cell phoneAnd the PC is not the case, that’s another story.
▲ Zune UI made Microsoft go crazy and took pictures of cats and tigers on a large number of other products
Microsoft’s development of Zune should not only launch hardware, but also have a supporting online music content library, which is also a development idea generated by the influence of iPod and iTunes. However, the price of Zune is relatively high, and the content library is not dominant, and it eventually lost out in the competition with iPod. Coupled with the overall ebb of the Walkman market, Zune hardware ushered in a discontinuation. And Zune’s supporting software was also integrated into Windows 10’s Groove Music in 2015, and Zune has since disappeared from people’s sight.
If you are an old netizen, you will definitely know the name of MSN, and even experience MSN yourself. At the beginning of the 21st century, MSN, as the IM launched by Microsoft, showed a rivalry with QQ in China. The users of MSN and QQ even have the behavior of tearing each other between fans. Many users feel that MSN is more formal, advanced and business, while QQ is a plaything for children. This kind of behavior that divides camps through software is also called It is characteristic of the times.
▲ How many people have used the MSN of “Tall Dashang”?
However, MSN’s strength is not as famous as its reputation, and its relatively weak product strength makes it at a disadvantage in the competition with QQ. It’s hard to imagine that, as a product targeting the business market, MSN does not encrypt chat information, and local chat records are also stored in plaintext, and MSN can’t even synchronize chat records! This obviously cannot meet the needs of business people for privacy and portability. Although MSN has an international, business and other high halo, it eventually loses in the market.
Microsoft has already stopped the development of MSN chat software, but MSN’s signboard is still preserved. Today, MSN is still Microsoft’s important portal, providing Microsoft users with weather, news and other information. In the Microsoft ecosystem, the acquired Skype has replaced the former niche of MSN. How far can the tepid Skype go? We will wait and see.
In addition to the products mentioned in the article, the products that have become the ghosts of Microsoft’s “Chopper Department” include EdgeHTML (the old version of Edge), Windows 10 Iot, Microsoft Academic, etc. It can be seen that there are still many brothers and sisters in IE.
The reason why these products were cut, some of them were poor and uncompetitive products, such as WP; some were caused by wrong market positioning and strategies, such as Kinect; some were caused by the drastic changes in the environment, such as Silverlight. Although these products have left users, they have come and left their presence in the tide of technological development. Their growth and decline are also a valuable wealth of experience for people. What other products have you used that were axed by Microsoft? What kind of memories did it bring to you? Welcome to leave a message for discussion.